WHO, AMONG US, HAS NEVER BEEN ATTRACTED OR BEWITCHED BY BRITISH REALITY AND ITS PECULIAR ESSENCE, THAT SINCE FOREVER MAKES IT DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD? WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BRITISH ICONS, SOURCE OF INSPIRATION BOTH IN MAKE-UP AND STYLE.
Since the ’60s to nowadays the most relevant icon is the supermodel Twiggy – well known for her graphic makeup framed by thick lashes (fake or painted) and her distinctive hairstyle. During NYFW we’ve seen explicit style references of the decade on the catwalks, for the likes of Jeremy Scott, who gave a futuristic twist to the Sixties with his “Intergallactic Babes”, with lavender smokey eyes and Vidal Sassoon’ inspired bob haircuts.
With her unconventional look in the Seventies she anticipated contemporary fashion: we’re speaking of British actress and singer Jane Birkin. Graced by a naturally luminous complexion, natural lips and a warm color palette for the eyes, she’s the muse of one of the major trends seen on the latest catwalks.
Post-modern fashion icon and symbol of punk transgression, Vivienne Westwood is the perfect spokeswoman of Make-up meant as an expression of concept, idea and inspiration. Marc Jacobs collection for NYFW pays homage, with his models army turned into dolls hide behind a waterfall of colored dreadlocks, to the English style of the late ’80s and to those icons like Vivienne, who were not afraid to break the mold.
British actress Tilda Swinton, intelligent, charismatic and gifted of timeless beauty is the symbol of the androgynous Make-up trend.
Amy Winehouse, one of the character of contemporary British heritage, has not only revolutionized the world of music, but style too, with her “retro style”, revisited in a glamorous and original way with an increasingly emphasized eyeliner – signature of her unique personality.
Last but not least: Kate Moss – THE Top Model with a rock soul, which has been the face of a ridiculous amount of magazines covers. Nude look and an unmistakable underlined gaze with black kohl and mascara have always been the hallmarks of the ”perfect” bad girl, making it impossible to resist her charm.